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Baked Penne with Meat Sauce

Baked Penne with Meat Sauce

recipe ingredients
8 oz. dried penne pasta
1 can (14 oz) whole Italian style tomatoes
1/2 of a 6 oz. can tomato paste
1/4 cup dry red wine (or substitute tomato juice)
1/2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 lb. lean ground beef
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup sliced pitted black olives
1/2 cup shredded reduced fat Mozzarella cheese

recipe directions
Cook pasta according to package directions and drain well. Meanwhile, in a blender container or food processor, combine undrained tomatoes, tomato paste, wine or juice, sugar, oregano, and pepper. Cover and blend until smooth, then set aside. In a large skillet, cook ground beef until brown. Drain off fat. Stir in tomato mixture and bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in pasta and olives. Divide mixture among 6 individual casseroles. Bake, covered, in a 375*F oven for 15 minutes. Or, spoon all of mixture into a 2 quart casserole, and bake for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese and bake uncovered for about 5 more minutes or until cheese is melted.

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Serves: 6 - Nutrition Information Per Serving:
calories total fat sat fat protein fiber sodium (mg) carbs ww pts
339 11 4 24 3 349 33 7
  • j mahnke

    very tasty, great make ahead meal. It tastes even better the next day. my 6 year old daughter loved it.

  • aimeerose

    This was pretty good- it made great leftovers! Next time I might make a little extra sauce since it seemed a little dry. Will definately make again.

  • odumnobles

    A bit bland and not enough sauce. My 6 yr old preferred to eat all of his spinach salad and left most of this dish on the plate.

  • Aubrey

    My husband and I are newlyweds in our early twenties. We both really enjoyed this recipe! It was great with a side salad and seasoned green beans! Also, it is easy to prepare and tastes great leftover!

  • Jamie

    I thought this was fabulous. I used whole wheat pasta and splenda and skipped the olives (not my favorite veggie). I pulled it out of the oven a little early (since everything was basically cooked already I didn’t think it was a problem) and didn’t have the sauce problems others are reporting. Was absolutely delicious!

  • joe

    this stuff is awsome every one should try this if u like meat

  • Brenda

    I make this just yesterday, the only thing I changed was I left out the olives and add 2tsp of garlic, plus I used large size of can tomatoes, which gave it a lot more juice. I will be making this recipe a lot.

  • Kelley

    This is a great recipe! I think next time I will use spagetti sauce with it though because it was a tad dry for my liking, but I love sauce. The whole family enjoyed this one!

  • Joyce

    I made this yesterday for dinner. Seeing that it was a bit dry – I added one more small can (single serving) of tomato juice. I also chose to use diced tomatoes. I didn’t bother using a blender or food processor to mix the ingredients – I just stirred them up. That worked well. My family loved it.

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